Facedown Records

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Facedown Records is a Christian record label based in Fallbrook, California, devoted mostly to hardcore punk and metalcore bands (Christian and secular). Founded by No Innocent Victim drummer Jason Dunn,[1] the label started off small with a number of 7" record releases by bands such as Overcome, Dodgin Bullets, and Born Blind. As the label grew, it was able to sign artists for full album deals. xDISCIPLEx and The Deal, who were both popular in the Christian and secular scenes,[citation needed] released material on Facedown, as well as Canada's Figure Four, One-21, and Point of Recognition. The label also signs straight edge groups such as xDEATHSTARx and xLooking Forwardx.

Bands like Seventh Star and Nodes of Ranvier released well-received records through the label, but it was the release of "Turn It Around" by Comeback Kid (featuring members of Figure Four) that really brought the label more notice.[citation needed] Comeback Kid toured behind that album for the following 2 years, eventually leaving Facedown to sign with Victory Records.

Take It Back!, War of Ages, For Today, Sleeping Giant, the reformed No Innocent Victim, and many others make up the self-described "Facedown Family". Facedown has more recently signed Twin Cities metalcore group Your Memorial, Nashville metalcore group A Plea for Purging and Alabama "southern metal" group Remove the Veil.

Strike First Records[edit]

Strike First Records is Facedown's imprint label, which provides label services for smaller bands, and sometimes acts as a sort of "Facedown training ground"; some Strike First bands, such as Bloody Sunday, Kingston Falls, Call To Preserve, and War of Ages have since moved to Facedown.[2] All of Strike First's releases are limited edition physical issue, and are made using no plastic, from recycled cardboard.[1]

Dreamt Music[edit]

Late in 2007, the label announced a new imprint, the rock-based Dreamt Music.[3] Dreamt Music focuses more on Christian Alternative and Classic Rock unlike its Christian Metal counterparts Facedown and Strike First Records. See Dreamt Artists for list of Dreamt Music signed artists.

Facedown Fest[edit]

The label also hosts an annual 2-day "Facedown Fest" in southern California.[4] The festival is usually made up of the entire Facedown and Strike First rosters. It has been the site of final performances by The Deal, xDisciplex AD, and xDEATHSTARx, Seventh Star, and served as the introduction of xLooking Forwardx to Facedown fans, prior to the band signing with the label. The popularity of the Fest has grown,[citation needed] and in November 2005, an additional 2 days were held in Annapolis, Maryland for the convenience of those in the eastern part of the U.S. who cannot easily make it to California.

Current artists[edit]

Past artists[edit]

(**)- Never officially signed to Facedown Records, though they had a release from that label


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